Sarah laughs at the idea of having a child in her old age; she and Abraham name the promised child, Isaac, which means “he laughs.” The title of this week’s message, Putting the Fun in Dysfunction, might make us laugh, (or not!) depending on our perspective and experience. This week in our summer preaching series-Family Stories-we hear the oracle given to Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, about their twin sons, Jacob and Esau. This “word” from the Lord is no small thing; it will shape and influence all future events and relationships to come; it reveals that some serious dysfunction and conflict is about to unfold in this one big “happy” family.
Mild dysfunction covered in love might be amusing or even entertaining to us, like some of our modern TV shows and films that celebrate human quirks and peculiarities. But serious dysfunction and conflict-especially when we are in the thick of it-is no fun at all. Conflict and dysfunction can be discouraging and gut-wrenching and devastating.
So what are we to do? For one thing, we recognize our mutual need for grace and are thankful that God uses even the unlikeliest of people to achieve the divine purpose and mission in this world-there is hope for us all! For another, we continually seek to be transformed by God’s love in Christ who redeems and overcomes all enmity and conflict and injustice. Together, let us work for and celebrate the more excellent way of Christian love. And at all times, let us remember the last thing Jesus prays for just before his passion and death: Jesus prays for our unity and oneness-may we be one as he and the Father are one. See you on Sunday!
Rev. Martha McLean